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Last year James Gunn was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. With Brightburn in theaters, Suicide Squad 2 next in the pipeline, and rehired by Disney, Gunn spoke with Deadline about the past year and where he finds himself now. How did the firing change him and why does he consider the day he was fired the “best” and “worst” day of his life? Gunn’s story and experience is one that we should all be paying close attention to and learning from. In his own words “People have to be able to learn from mistakes. If we take away the possibility for someone to learn and become a better person, I’m not sure what we are left with.”

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Is Marvel Doing Enough to Improve Its Diversity?

For a little over a decade, Marvel has been making regular headlines as the famous comic book-based film series takes on a modern reflection of superheros. Including a large number of A list actors, the films have served a strong role in representing pop culture. However, holding the position as one of the biggest box office hits in the world, many believe Marvel should be using their platform to acknowledge and represent the diverse world we are living in.

Avengers: Endgame is the second highest grossing film in the world, starring almost every superhero we have come to know and love over the last few years. However, with such a large number of superheros, you might expect some representation of the minorities the movie is targeting. While Black Panther was the first Avenger film to feature a person of color as the superhero lead, the film series has yet to properly acknowledge other minorities, including the LGBTQ community.  (more…)

If there are two things that nobody can shut up about right now, they are Game of Thrones and Avengers: Endgame.

In most ways, these two have nothing in common. One is a MOVIE assembling Earth’s mightiest heroes in a last ditch attempt to unfuck the universe. The other is a sprawling TV series with medieval/fantasy-centric political machinations, epic battles, and the troubles with power. What these two properties do share, however, is that they are MASSIVE cultural phenomenons. Avengers Endgame is nearing becoming the most popular movie of all time and GoT is most popular cable TV series, if not the most talked about. Spoiler Culture for both of these respective properties has been an interesting and, frankly, weird thing.

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Few scenes are as iconic as the first lightsaber battle in Star Wars: A New Hope. Darth Vader and Obi-wan Kenobi, arch-enemies, facing each other one final time. When later we learn of their true relationship, it makes that scene even heavier. Of course, it was the first scene of its kind and the choreography was… Lacking, to say the least. Especially when faced with the stunning work we see in future films. But fans over at FXitinPost decided that it could be … well. Fixed. They took the heart and soul of the scene and reworked into something that does better justice to what the scene could’ve been.

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An unsurprising exercise in brand extension and hopeful franchise starter, Pokémon Detective Pikachu, the first, big-screen iteration of Pokémon, the made-in-Japan series of interconnected stories, videogames, trading cards, and animated films (TV and feature-length, including 21 of the latter, an unexpectedly mind-blowing number if there ever was one) centered on the titular, super-charged fantasy creatures who battle for supremacy with the guidance of their human trainers, partners, and friends, fails to fully or even partially embrace the inherent weirdness of its central premise in exchange for a slipshod, sloppy, slapdash neo-noir storyline involving a twenty-something searching for and reconnecting with his lost, presumably dead father (figuratively, if not literally). Repeatedly slowed down by logic lapses, coincidences, and contrivances that can be listed or described in a single review, Pokémon Detective Pikachu misses the mark by too much to be called anything except a middling misfire. (more…)

Five years ago, Keanu Reeves, pushing the half-century mark, but looking – and more importantly, performing like a super-fit, near-invulnerable 40-year-old – returned to the action genre he made his own more than two decades ago (e.g., Point Break, Speed, The Matrix Trilogy). As a result, he turned into one of the most unlikely movie stars of his generation (or any generation for that matter).  Little has changed since then. Rather than trying his hand at another big-budget, sci-fi-actioner doomed to failure amid outsized expectations, Reeves chose an entirely different, ultimately far more successful path. The first entry in the series, John Wick was a super-lean, super-efficient, minimalist action-thriller that placed a premium on physical stunts, many, if not most performed by Reeves himself, over logic- and physics-defying CG-enhanced effects. Then and now, John Wick was an anomaly, a glitch (so to speak) in the business matrix. While it didn’t become a mega-hit at the box office, the investment-to-return ratio was more than enough to get a sequel into production three years later, John Wick 2: Chapter 2, and a third entry, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, just two years later. (more…)

 

Afropunk refers to the participation of African Americans and other black people in punk and alternative subcultures like Cyberpunk and alternative history fiction similar to Steampunk. And few comics have embodied that like Harriet Tubman: Demon Slayer. David Crownson and crew have found success with their comic featuring not only a woman but of a woman of color, with a mostly person of color cast. Harriet Tubman: Demon Slayer comes off as a breath of fresh air with a unique perspective and vivid storytelling.

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Love or hate it, Game of Thrones is a phenomenon. Few shows in history can boast being this big. Even its mistakes become media controlling phenomenon. All shows have a few slip-ups here and there. You’d expect that from a show with as many moving parts as Game of Thrones. But last week’s coffee cup scandal had people in a tizzy. Seeing a blatant piece of the modern world in their medieval fantasy made some folks lose their minds. This certainly couldn’t be the only time a goof like this has happened on the show, so… why the fuss?

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Happy new trailers galore, folks! This week, after reasonable time to cool down from Avengers: Endgame, a new, spoiler-filled Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer has popped up and it’s glorious.

Let’s start with the low-down. After the awful events of Endgame, Peter Parker is taking a relaxing vacation with his friends, including Ned and MJ. Assumingly, his good buddies were also dusted for the past five years, otherwise they’d be a lot older. Along for the ride is Happy, Iron Man’s old right hand man and kind of his Aunt’s boyfriend. Together, they lament losing Tony and are just trying to live their lives day to day, protecting people.

That is, of course, until Nick Fury starts calling.

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Pokemon has long set its place in nerd culture for its games, cards, anime, and countless merchandise. With the release of CGI/Live action movie Detective Pikachu and upcoming game Pokemon Sword and Shield, the fandom remains as strong as ever. Like anything popular, though, the property is not without it’s problems and controversies. Hard to imagine boobs, Guns, Seizures, Racism, and Death are associated with cute fictional fighting creatures… but here we are. (more…)